Mystery


A Simple Favor


MPAA Rating:
R
Genre:
Mystery
Runtime:
117 mins
Stars:
Henry Golding, Blake Lively, Linda Cardellini
Director:
Paul Feig
Producer:
Paul Feig, Jessie Henderson

Content at a Glance

5
Sex

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
5
Language

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
4
Violence

Violence

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
5
Drugs

Drugs

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
occasional drinking by secondary characters (i.e., man in bar)
2:
historically accurate use of alcohol and tobacco products
3:
continuous drinking and drug use common throughout
4-5:
drug/alcohol used many times by main character(s) shown in a positive light
×
4
Nudity

Nudity

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
baby’s behind; shirtless men, low cut shirts, short skirts seen occasionally on women
2:
rear nudity that is not suggestive such as skinny dipping from a distance; cleavage
3:
sexually suggestive and revealing clothing or underwear is common throughout
4-5:
frontal nudity
×
0

Other

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

Lead characters that exhibit disrespect for authority, lying, cheating, stealing, illegal activity, witchcraft or sorcery

0:
none
1:
mild-moderate with consequences
2:
moderate poor behavior
3:
moderate-heavy behavior with no consequences
4-5:
extreme portrayals, condoned or excused
×

Sex


graphic descriptions of sexual situations such as incest, affairs, and threesomes; there are multiple sexual situations.

Language


lots of strong language, including swear words ("f--k," "s--t," and more)

Violence


expect several violent incidents (murders, a shooting, a car accident, vehicular assault) and images of their aftermath.

Drugs


characters also do a lot of day drinking, sometimes to excess; heroin use is a plot point.

Nudity


rear nudity, revealing clothing, bare legs during sex, and an explicit portrait of one of the characters is shown frequently.

Other


No Information


Trailer



Synopsis

A Simple Favor centers around Stephanie (Anna Kendrick), a mommy blogger who seeks to uncover the truth behind her best friend Emily's (Blake Lively) sudden disappearance from their small town.


Movie Message

A Simple Favor is quite captivating and full of mayhem and psychosis.

Blake Lively (Emily) and Anna Kendrick (Stephanie) are well cast as they settle into their expected personas: the latter is cute, predictable, and endearing; the former gorgeous, and captivating. Stephanie is the seemingly perfect single mom who can’t stop volunteering, but when she offers to be Emily’s friend and occasional sitter for her young boy, Stephanie gets more than what she bargained for. Her innocence turns stealthy spy as she goes on the hunt for her missing friend, Emily, finding a surprise around every corner.

True to form, just when I thought I had Stephanie figured out, I was thrown for a loop; Emily is jarringly confrontational as these two navigate an unlikely friendship that leads to the unveiling of secrets that change both their lives forever. The inner workings of their relationships, which include Emily’s husband Sean (Golding), is where most of the R rating lies via swearing, sex, drug use, alcohol consumption and violence.

This film is many things at once, which satisfies a lot of sensibilities: It is funny, scary, fantastical, and relevant, and it is not for the faint of heart. It includes present-day social media with a stylish spy genre, and the often-French soundtrack matches its high fashion yet vintage feel. Director Paul Feig does an excellent job of inserting humor in unlikely places, and using flashbacks from several points of view to keep us guessing “whodunit.”

Due to extreme sexual content, vulgar language, and violence, A Simple Favor is not Dove Approved.

The Dove Take

The movie is engaging, an intriguing and suspense-filled couple of hours for adults not offended by risqué subject matter and crude language.

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